Thursday, February 10, 2011

H.H. SHEIKH HASHER BIN MAKTOUM AL MAKTOUM OPENS CABSAT & SATELLITE MENA 2011



Middle East’s Premier Exhibition for Digital Media, Broadcasting and Satellite Industries Welcomes more than 750 Companies from over 55 Countries

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director General, Dubai Department of Information opened the 17th CABSAT MENA and the 3rd Satellite MENA exhibitions at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) this morning, launching three days of power-packed business development and knowledge exchange.

“CABSAT is the third largest event of its kind in the world and it has grown by 15% compared to last year due to the overwhelming interest from professional and industry visitors. This presages with a quantum leap in the digital media and broadcast industry,” said H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum during his tour at the show.

With the Middle East television audience set to rise by almost 20% over the next three years[1], 19 new satellites due for launch by 2013 and 90% satellite TV penetration[2], there has never been a more important time to be aware of the latest broadcast technology and business practices.

More than 750 companies from across over 55 countries, including 11 national pavilions, will be showcasing the latest products in the broadcasting, digital media and satellite market as they look to capitalise on this potential.

“We are delighted that H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum has offered his support to CABSAT MENA and Satellite MENA,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre. “There is a great deal of international interest in the Middle East broadcasting, digital media and satellite industries as the region is one of the most buoyant in the world. We welcome a vast array of companies from all over the world to Dubai to create new business opportunities and explore new avenues of growth.”

Leading companies including Al Yahsat, Arabsat, Blusens, Cetel, Dubai Studio City, Eutelsat, FOR-A, GlobeCast, Grass Valley, Gulfsat, Harris, Hitachi, Horizon Satellite Services, iDirect, Intelsat, JVC, Mediacast, Nilesat, Nynex, Panasonic, SES World Skies, Skyband, Sky Stream, Sony, Televes, Telespazio, Thomson Broadcast, Turksat and twofour54, will all be showcasing the latest technological advances and generating new business.

This year CABSAT & Satellite MENA will deliver an unparalleled knowledge exchange platform, including the CABSAT Conference. This two day programme will feature industry leaders from some of the most experienced markets in the world, including Europe and the USA, plus the most recent papers from the International Broadcasting Convention. Sessions target both engineers and managers, with a clear focus on innovation and technology and was developed on behalf of CABSAT by a team from Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) and Middle East Communications Industries Association (MECIA).

A panel discussion on training and skills development led by Peter White, the Director General of IABM the body which represents manufacturers and suppliers in the industry, will focus on a major training initiative aimed at filling the skills gap globally.

 Key speakers at the conference include Dr Fares Lubbadeh, Technical Director, Arab Radio & Television, Thomas Heinzer. CTO, Nevion and Gavin Campion, President, KIT Digital Inc amongst others.

A special programme will be presented in association with the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) – the largest industry event of its kind in the world. The half day session will include a number of IBC papers which were recently presented in what is recognised as the industry’s leading forum for debate and innovation.

The conference is one part of the learning opportunities that are available under the broad umbrella of the CABSAT Academy, sponsored by twofour54 tadreeb. The GVF Satellite Summit in turn supports the satellite sector and is presented in conjunction with industry body, Global Vsat Forum on 9 February.

CABSAT MENA & Satellite MENA 2011 will run from 8-10 February 2011 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The exhibitions are strictly for trade and business only and will open from 10am – 6pm on the 8-9 February and 10am – 5pm on 10 February. Onsite registration is available and visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted entry. University students will be permitted entry on 10 February only and must be accompanied by a facility member.

For more information, please visit www.cabsat.com or www.satellitemena.com